Geneva College
Joel Ward View All Faculty
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Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Communication

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Duquesne University
  • M.A. in Rhetoric, Duquesne University
  • B.A. in English, Huntington University

Courses Taught

  • COM 215 - Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 225 - Culture and Communication

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • Inspiring Consensus in Community: The Faith and Hope in Proximate Speech,” published in Journal of Christian Teaching Practice, 2020.
  • The Shape of the Sign: The Space Shared by Walker Percy and Hellen Keller presented at the Religious Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT November, 2018.
  • Talking with Robots: AI Assistant Technology and Speech Development presented at the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT November, 2018.
  • Story Telling as Loving Resistance presented at the Eastern Communication Conference, Providence, RI, April 2019.
  • "Artistic: Speech: Reviving Forms of Moral Imagination," published in Listening: Journal or Communication, Ethics, Religion and Culture, 54.2, Spring 2019.
  • “The Pietistic Institution: A Problem of Organizational Identity” in Whole and Holy Persons: A Pietist Approach to Higher Education. Ed. Chris Gehrz. Westmont: InterVarsity Press.
  • Ward, J.S. and David Stern. “A Case for Interfaith Discourse” in Interfaith Dialogue in Practice: Christian Muslim, Jew. Ed. Daniel Brown. Kansas City: Rockhurst University Press, 2012.
  • “Third World Identity.” Encyclopedia of Identity Ed. Ronald L. Jackson. SAGE, 2010.
  • Book Review: Arthos, John. The Inner Word in Gadamer′s Hermeneutics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009 in Journal of Communication and Religion 33.2, 2010.

Current Projects

  • Book: Authority and Personality in Mikhail Bakhtin′s “Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity”
  • Article: “Mediated Persona: Digital Time and Aesthetics”

Research Interests

  • Mediated Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Personality Development

Consulting Expertise

  • Partner & Content Strategist, Durable LLC

Awards & Distinctions Received

  • Dissertation of the Year Award, Religious Communication Assoc., 2014
  • Richard H. Thames Teaching Award, 2010
  • Top Panel Award, Central States Communication Association, 2014

Professional Society Memberships

  • Religious Communication Association (RCA)
  • Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

  • bicycling, coffee brewing, reading, song writing